Samuel Greene

What year are you and what do you study?

Senior, Electrical Engineering

Who is/was your employer?

Deutsche Akademischer Austauschdienst
Freiberg, Germany

How did you learn about your internship?

I met specifically with Allison Noffsinger, who told me about the opportunity. I also went to the German career fair and found out more about the program.

What was the application process like?

Online submission of resume and cover letter. No interviews

What were your major tasks or projects at this internship?

I had to write software for controlling motors in electric vehicles while working in a small team at a university research institute.

Do you have any recommendations for Georgia Tech students looking to intern in the same company or country?

The position was at a university research institute so the culture was very relaxed and not so different from Tech. While language skills are not often required for some positions in Germany, having some competency in German would be of huge benefit. Some of my coworkers spoke very little English, so my basic understanding of German helped a lot. Outside work, knowing German is also very beneficial.

Where did you live? Did you find accomodations independently or with your company's help?

My adviser found me an apartment in the area.

How has this internship influenced your career path?

It helped me to decide what my interests are and has made me consider pursuing future opportunities in Europe.

If paid, did the company you worked for pay you enough to live off of your salary or stipend, or did you have to supplement your income with personal funds?

I was paid a small stipend, but found that it was plenty to live off of. I even used it to cover traveling expenses. However, the airplane ticket to Europe was paid with personal funds.